Federal Court Sentencing in “Advance-Fee” Fraud Scheme

Three defendants were sentenced to prison today after pleading guilty in January 2008 to federal charges of running an “advance-fee” scheme that targeted U.S. victims with promises of millions of dollars, Acting Assistant Attorney General Rita M. Glavin of the Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Benton J. Campbell of the Eastern District of New York announced. The defendants were sentenced at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nnamdi Chizuba Anisiobi, 31, citizen of Nigeria, was sentenced to 87 months in prison. Anthony Friday Ehis, 34, citizen of France, was sentenced to 57 months in prison. Kesandu Egwuonwu, 35, citizen of Nigeria, was sentenced to 57 months in prison.

All three defendants each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, eight counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud. The defendants allegedly sent thousands of email spam across the internet to potential victims using a variety of identity concealers from phone numbers to addresses to email addresses. One of the defendants would even telephone individuals, using a raspy voice, in order to con them into money by making them believe he had throat cancer and needed money immediately.


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